GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Deputies have released video and 911 calls in a deadly officer-involved shooting last month in Greenville County.
Willie Jermaine Robinson, 34, of Greenville was shot and killed after deputies say he shot a woman inside a trailer at Pleasant Grove mobile home park and later aimed a gun at deputies on Feb. 10.
On Monday, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office posted a YouTube video with 911 recordings, as well as body and dash cam video from their response as part of a Critical Incident Community Briefing report.
“Our goal in this is to provide people with the information, as well as the visual element showing what happened and then people can judge for themselves,” Sgt. Ryan Flood of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said Monday afternoon.
7-News Reporter Kirsten Glavin showed one neighbor the video from her cell phone.
Porcia Padgett lives across the street from where the shooting took place, and said she heard the gunshots the night it occurred.
“He should have just followed commands and just kept his hands up,“ said Padgett after reviewing the video.
7-News asked her if she thought the released footage was helpful to the public.
“Yah, because it proves what happened instead of going by what somebody said,“ she said.
IN THE VIDEO:
Robinson called 911 to report he was poisoned.
Captain Tim Brown from the Office of Professional Standards said in the YouTube video that responding deputies could hear Robinson say he had a gun before hearing a single gunshot from inside the trailer.
Deputies took cover and called for backup, Brown said.
Robinson exits the trailer and is repeatedly asked to show his hands and stop moving by deputies.
“Sir, we don’t want to kill you,” an officer reassures him.
Dash cam video shows Robinson fire two rounds into the air.
“Deputies continue trying to negotiate with Robinson by telling him to get on the ground and to drop his gun. Robinson repeatedly tells deputies to shoot and kill him. Moments later, Robinson turns towards deputies, pointing his gun directly at them,” Brown said.
He said that’s when officers fired at Robinson in defense.
Robinson died at the scene.
No deputies were hurt in the incident.
The woman shot inside the home was taken to a hospital for non life-threatening injuries.
Lieutenant Ryan Flood with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting is under investigation by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office.